What are public restrooms like in Paris?

Dec 12th, 1998, 10:12 AM
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John Rizzuto
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I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the responses to this question. It certainly brought back many memories of my own experiences. I guess you just have to experience the Paris restrooms firsthand to appreciate them.

The only thing I can add to what has already been said is what I experienced on a trip to Kyoto, Japan ... I know it isn't Paris, but it is similar. After too many beers, dining one night, I had to venture to the bathroom. I found this large room with the proverbial hole in the floor. As I procedded to do what I had to do which wasn't easy since I was wavering back and forth from too much beer I noticed one of the restaurant's "bathroom guards (?)" jumping all over the place, yelling something at me. I had no idea what he was ranting about and told him .... you think it's easy to hit that hole in the floor after several beers .... when one of my japanese friends came in and explained that the great sin I had committed wasn't anything to do with my poor aim, but because I had worn the dining slippers into the bathroom instead of leaving them at the door of the bathroom and changing into "relieving oneself" slippers!
 
Dec 14th, 1998, 10:36 AM
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In the interest of my teenage daughter who is about to spend four months in Beijing where the toilets are mostly the "hole in the floor" variety, I'd like someone out there to reply to Curious's question...how does a woman negotiate this type of facility? Word from previous exchange students at the school my daughter will be attending is wait until you can get to the Dunkin Donuts near the school and use their western facilities, but that's not always possible. Men have the advantage here, but what's a woman to do?
 
Dec 15th, 1998, 08:51 AM
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Well, I remember these hole-in-the-floor toilets from when I was a little girl (I'm from the former Soviet Union). Basically, you just put your feet in the slots (if there are any). If you are wearing a skirt, just hike it up and hold it with one hand. Pull the undies down to the knees and hold them out of the way with the other hand while assuming the appropriate aiming position. The trick comes if you're carrying anything else with you. You may need to ask someone you're with to hold a few things while you do your business. If wearing pants, it gets tricky as well. Pull everything down to the knees, maybe even higher than that, like the thigh area, and hold them forward and out of harm's way. Just make sure you have your balance, and you'll be fine.
 
Dec 15th, 1998, 03:33 PM
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Polina, thank you for your well-written response. Now that you have described it (and I have tested the position -- without benefit of an actual hole) it does seem to make more sense to keep the waist of the pants higher, rather than lower. However, if anyone else has any realistic "Turkish toilet" guidance, I (and presumably some others) will still be very glad to hear it.
 
Dec 15th, 1998, 08:57 PM
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Any backpackers out there are familiar with "the position", also called the "Sierra Club Squat". Not difficult to master and I can say it works fine for females. We liked the self-cleaning street toilets the best. Quite interesting. The only hole toilets I have encountered were at The Vatican!
 
Dec 15th, 1998, 09:05 PM
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It seems to me that those Europeans have an obsession to make sure every toilet facility on the continent is different from the last one visited. Its done to totally confuse Americans. I think they laugh about it when we aren't around!
 
Dec 16th, 1998, 09:18 AM
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Dear Curious,

I apologize. I was just trying to be helpful, but I guess I wasn't. I hope I didn't offend anyone out there.
 
Dec 16th, 1998, 10:10 AM
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Dear Polina --

Perhaps you misunderstood my last note. The "thank you" is very sincere. Your message was well written and very helpful. Certainly no one should be offended, and there is nothing for you to apologize about. I re-read my message, and am speculating that you might have misinterpreted the last sentence. It was not discounting the good advice that you had already given; it was simply asking if anyone else had additional good advice. I APOLOGIZE for any concern that I may have caused you, but rest assured that you message was good, responsive, well-written, helpful and sincerly appreciated.

Not-So-Curious-Any-More
 
Dec 17th, 1998, 07:59 AM
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Thanks, Curious. I was unsure whether what I wrote was appropriate, so I misunderstood. Thanks again.
 

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